The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Florida’s death penalty appeal in what has been a turbulent legal saga. Florida had already undergone a year of legal certainty regarding its death penalty before Governor Scott signed a death penalty fix in March of 2017. Governor Scott’s latest fix required a jury to be unanimous in order…

Bitcoin, a form of virtual currency, is highly popular among some who value the currency’s anonymity and encryption techniques designed to protect privacy. For clear reasons, these traits are highly valued by some criminals looking to further criminal activity while bypassing traditional banking systems. The increased prevalence of using Bitcoin to further criminal activity or…

All laws, at least in theory, are created with the intention of improving the lives, safety, and welfare of the public. Florida passed its anti-opioid laws with similarly good intentions, hoping to take high-level opioid traffickers off the streets. Years after Florida started its crackdown against opioids in the 1990s, there are reasons to suggest…

The first thing that probably leaps to mind when thinking about safety risks on the road is likely to be drunk drivers. This makes sense, as drunk drivers cause nearly 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States. Even so, road rage is another all too common road incident that needlessly jeopardizes the safety…

Florida lawmakers appear to be making a move toward repealing the state’s no-fault auto insurance system. If this repeal does indeed take place, it will have outsized implications on auto accidents in the state. On April 19, 2017, Florida lawmakers passed legislation to get rid of the state’s no-fault insurance, known as Personal Injury Protection…

If you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and owe money to a homeowner’s association or condo association assessments, you may be left wondering how your bankruptcy impacts an association’s ability to collect assessments post-bankruptcy. A 2016 bankruptcy case from the Southern District of Florida ought to shed light on the specifics of just such a situation…

In October of 2016, Florida’s Supreme Court held that the state’s death penalty law was unconstitutional. Since then, prosecutors were left wondering whether this ruling affected cases that were currently being prosecuted. Now, the state’s Supreme Court has clarified this issue. Florida Supreme Court Allows Current Death Penalty Cases to Continue Despite the ongoing issues…

Ever since the Trayvon Martin shooting demanded the country’s full attention a little over five years ago, Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has had its time in the national spotlight. The high-profile law permits Florida citizens to commit violence in self-defense is under renewed scrutiny, thanks to recent news and a potential expansion of “stand…

Research has shown that strong texting and driving laws have been effective at cutting down on nationwide distracted driving. Researchers have found that texting and driving bans have helped prevent serious traffic accidents, while also finding that car-crash hospitalizations declined in states that instituted relatively strict texting and driving bans. Despite this, Florida continues to…

Murder witnesses can play a crucial role in identifying who has committed a murder, but their safety can also be jeopardized if it becomes known that they “snitched”. Florida legislators are now considering a new bill that will give witnesses enhanced protection by keeping a witness’s identity confidential. The so-called “witness protection” bill is designed…

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